This is rather distressing. It doesn’t sound like there has been any sort of major, published, peer-reviewed, quantitative documentation of this yet. But that said, something is not right when so many sport divers not only count dozens of dead or dying eels (the diver on this blog itemized in detail 50 encounters with dead eels), but even post video footage of one writhing in what looks to be the death throes.
In all the thousands of hours I’ve logged diving on Caribbean coral reefs I’ve never once seen a dead or dying eel. It’s a rather disturbing mystery for now.
Did we do something to the moray eels of Bonaire?